Walking Bicycles

Walking Bicycles

Chicago’s Walking Bicycles have been making their own brand of bombastic and peculiar music since 2004.

Walking Bicycles sound has been described as…

“doomy, booming music that sounds like a medical emergency crossed with an existential crisis…  Almost as impressive as its sheer power, though, is its concision” - STEREOGUM

“the quartet hauls doom metal’s weight through post-punk’s sharp corners… Jason’s unnerving bass lines and Deric’s relentless drumwork mix seamlessly with Jocelyn’s screams and Julius’s squalls. It’s a singular engine of sound” - NOISEY

”evoking early, abrasive Siouxsie and the Banshees and even touching on Clinic’s more frenzied forays into noise pop.” - AV CLUB

“dark and aggressive, but they’ve got plenty of hooks” - BROOKLYN VEGAN

“eccentric noise-pop” - MAGNET MAGAZINE

“caustic and unconventional post-punk” - CHICAGO TRIBUNE

 

Walking Bicycles are Jocelyn Summers (vocals), Julius Moriarty (guitar), Jason Leather (bass) and Deric Criss (drums)

To Him That Wills The Way [08/12/2014]


"doomy, booming music that sounds like a medical emergency crossed with an existential crisis...  Almost as impressive as its sheer power, though, is its concision" - STEREOGUM
"the quartet hauls doom metal's weight through post-punk's sharp corners... Jason's unnerving bass lines and Deric's relentless drumwork mix seamlessly with Jocelyn's screams and Julius's squalls. It's a singular engine of sound" - NOISEY
"They're dark and aggressive, but they've got plenty of hooks" - BROOKLYN VEGAN
"It’s a driving, potent record, driven by an aching heart and fueled by driving, hammering riffs." - WONDERING SOUND
"This is probably one of the most poignant and authentic releases of 2014." - BUZZNET
"The Chicago harbingers of chaos and chords from hell dish out the punishment spiked with pleasure..." - IMPOSE MAGAZINE
"what Siouxsie Sioux would sound like fronting a doomy Krautrock band... If there's a hole in your life in the shape of dark, crushing, velvety tunes with motorik beats, they'll totally fill it!" - CHICAGO READER
"Walking Bicycles keep the songs short, fast and allow the throbbing simplicity of their attack to drive the point home without allowing you a single breath between beats...To Him That Wills The Way is a monster." - CHICAGOIST
"This is an album that rewards repeated listens..." - POPMATTERS
"The band stomps and howls and tears apart their music in a contained setting—or at least as contained as a studio can be. A cacophony of percussive blasts streak through a guttural chunk of fretwork as the band threatens to tear your speakers apart" - NOTES FROM LEFT OF THE DIAL

so / badada [07/30/2013]


"eccentric noise-pop" - MAGNET MAGAZINE
"caustic and unconventional post-punk" - CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"In their greenhorn days, Walking Bicycles took their coffee black for their caffienated take on post-punk, which is a metaphorical way of alluding to the Chicago band's style angling towards the punk in post-punk. Walking Bicycles could get caught up in that discussion of post- vs art- in the expansion of punk. Often tempermental and circuitous, Walking Bicycles got that Siouxsie stamp due to Jocelyn Summers' chic-rasp, but on the upcoming So 7" it's understood those days of hypertension are fewer felt, replaced by traditional tension collecting inertia. On "Badada", the b-side of the 7", Walking Bicycles are conditioning the impulses into a brooding texture, a little reminiscent of Pretty Girls Make Graves after a month without a glimpse of sunshine, deficient of Vitamin D and fed up (see also: a Midwest Rust Belt version) . Twice Summers taunts the opportunity to blow the sucker wide open with yippy repititions of "I want it, I want it", but this is a version of Walking Bicycles that sticks to one cup of coffee a day, no longer the 50 cups and it's on band. "Badada" is the ultimate fakeout. Just as Summers declares "we're on the verge of something", her bandmates trail off and the needle makes a b-line to the smooth grooveless center. The a-side starts the conversation with "So", while the b-side darts a conclusion, leaving the needle to trail off in ellpises." - IMPOSE MAGAZINE

¿GO? [01/27/2009]


"Dynamic, genre defying act from ambitious local label Highwheel Records" - SPIN
"¿Go? is adventurous and immensely satisfying, even when it doesn’t meet the impossibly classic standards of their influences. At its best, the album expertly captures the vibrant urgency of melodic post-punk, and additional experimentation (like the Tom Waits-like accordion of "Dead Idols") only serves WB better. Fans of Sleater-Kinney and Fugazi’s final album should view ¿Go? not as a question, but as an invitation. Accept it. Grade: A-" - AV CLUB
"arty, sleek post-punk that sounds like a riled-up Yeah Yeah Yeahs." - THE HUFFINGTON POST
"ten tight, spiky, beautifully paced tracks that glow with what sounds like the sheer joy of playing." - THE CHICAGO READER
"Chicago-via-Cali transplants Walking Bicycles play nervous post-punk wrapped in a blanket of West Coast fog. Their songs throb with urgent bass lines and dense percussion, and lead singer Jocelyn Summers' rhythmic delivery propels the band's best songs toward cathartic release." - FLAVORPILL

Disconnected [04/18/2006]


"garagey post punk music a la Pixies, My Bloody Valentine and even a hint of Devo here and there... Spin magazine was right on the money when they called Walking Bicycles 'Dynamic and genre defying.'” - KEXP
"Chicago outfit Walking Bicycles plays arty, sleek post-punk that claims sonic kinship to Black Sabbath and The Residents, yet sounds more like a riled-up Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Frontwoman Jocelyn Summers and company, though, manage to deftly evade the trite angularity and faux coldness of most post-punk revivalists, instead evoking early, abrasive Siouxsie And The Banshees and even touching on Clinic's more frenzied forays into noise-pop. Last year's full-length Disconnected sounds exactly that: chaotic, disjointed, and confounding in the most exhilarating way possible." - AV CLUB
"Glam and angst-y dance rock with a new-wave freakiness to it-that is how I will sum of the sound of Walking Bicycles. Backed by some of the biggest names in the Alternative music scene with recording duties shared by Brian Deck (Iron & Wine, Califone, Modest Mouse) and Steve Albini (Pixies, Nirvana) and mastered by Greg Calbi (Dylan, U2, Sonic Youth), Walking Bicycles seems to have a yellow brick road of luck ahead and a wild sound to go along with it. Energetic and contagious as soon as it gets spinning Disconnected offers up eight tracks of raw post-punk guitar playing and sleek, rousting vocal performances from the spicy sounding Jocelyn Summers. Notable songs include 'Sympathy' and 'The Hermit.'" - THE BIG TAKEOVER
"This Chicago foursome rides the line where post-punk borders with commercial rock, a pretty good place to be at a time where bands like Interpol reign the airwaves. Their sound is bass-heavy with the shoegazer touch often found in britpop."Welcome to the Future" warrants heavy Joy Division influences, but vocalist Jocelyn Summers' sense of playful melody gives the band a broader and probably more accurate comparison to the UK outfit Sleeper." - PUNK PLANET
"a feast of tight, edgy indie rock, loaded-up with frantic, bouncing rhythms, chaotic post-punk meets shoegazer guitar and frontwoman Jocelyn Summers' icy vocals." - NY PRESS
"Disconnected almost defies description due to its aurally vibrant uniqueness, but since it is my sworn verbose duty to adequately describe the joyous sounds hypnotically emanating from within, I shall now do so with the utmost of gleeful zeal. Jocelyn Summers' angelic, dreamy, narcotic-laced vocals are intoxicatingly complemented by Julius Moriarty's choppy, swirling, staccato guitar propulsions. And Jason Leather's rolling, billowing bass lines dramatically mesh with the thudding, factory-stomp drumbeats... The dazzling, effervescent combination of each of the aforementioned elements makes for one hell of an atmospheric, urgently delivered Post Punk sojourn into the past, present, future, and beyond. Indeed, the songs of Walking Bicycles are mesmerizing, redemptive, and inspiring, as all music should be." - UNDER THE VOLCANO
"Walking Bicycles have taken off the training wheels for their second EP, Disconnected, careening through eight fresh songs including the grinding, guitar-driven "Desperate" and two separate renditions of the energetic "Welcome To The Future." Strong vocals, courtesy of effervescent singer Jocelyn Summers, are a highlight, along with dynamic post punk beats. It's obvious the band are having fun; there's little question listeners will, too." - ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER

Walking Bicycles [04/12/2005]


"Over the past year or so, it became increasingly clear Chicago, without question, is a hot spot for this new wave-of-?80s-inspired dance rock. With post-punk-style guitars, ominous, yet sexy female vocals, and dance-friendly beats, the Walking Bicycles? six-song, self-titled EP has everything one could want for those who always knew that love would, indeed, tear us apart, again." - ILLINOIS ENTERTAINER
"Their sound reminded me of the better elements of the early 80's post punk era. The choppy stacato vocals over the rolling rhythm added a touch of art rock, which makes the band sound current.Check them out the next time they have a gig in town you will like them." - ARCATA EYE
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